Growing up in Western Massachusetts, Amy competed in everything from western pleasure to hunter over fences, earning 3 state championships in hunter ponies on a pony she rescued from an auction and retrained herself. Amy has experience in 4-H horse judging on a national level, Open IEA competition experience and has ridden with too many trainers to list, ranging from mustang trainers to competitive dressage trainers. She started many horses herself from the ground-up and has extensive horse care experience working closely with Dr. John Cowley DVM for the past 15 years.
After growing up immersed in horses, Amy moved to New York in 2005 and began to teach lessons for Sleeman Stables. In 2008, she took over management responsibilities including lessons, training and boarding. In 2010, the stables and property were sold and renamed TrueNorth Equestrian Center where Amy became head trainer and barn manager. In 2015, Amy purchased the business and became the sole owner and proprietor of the entire operation.
Amy has trained many horses including untouched 3-year-olds for her program, horses of all stages for private clients and retraining OTTB horses for a second chance. She has been furthering her education in dressage, taking lessons in classical dressage from the late Valerie Knight, a licensed R judge and life-long dressage trainer. She has taken students from their first ride to winning hunter, equitation and dressage championships at regional competitions in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, New York. Amy and her team host hunter paces at TrueNorth and travel to Avon, Genneseo, and Cohocton, NY to compete in other hunt paces.
Amy believes in teaching each student a solid foundation of correct riding skills and horsemanship. She has decided to be in the horse business because of her love for the animals and makes sure every horse is healthy and happy!